All of us cherish our beliefs.
They are, to a degree, self-defining.
When someone comes along who challenges our belief system as insufficiently well-based
– or who, like Socrates, merely asks embarrassing questions that we haven’t thought of,
or demonstrates that we’ve swept key underlying assumptions under the rug
– it becomes much more than a search for knowledge.
It feels like a personal assault.
—Carl Sagan, The Demon-Haunted World~
Challenge your beliefs!
Ask the embarrassing questions.
Search for knowledge.
It is not a personal assault.
It is a privilege and an obligation.